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Punk: 1977 - Two Sevens Clash

Chris Salewicz, The History of Rock, 1983

AS A REBEL MUSIC, punk rock had close affinities with reggae. When the punk movement found a focal point and place of worship in the Roxy in Covent Garden, a former gay club that opened as a temple to punk in December 1976, it was Jamaican music – spun by the then up-and-coming film-maker Don Letts – that provided much of the entertainment between acts. Reggae, declared the hippest punks, was the only music to which they listened. Bob Marley recorded 'Punky Reggae Party' the Clash covered Junior Murvin's 'Police And Thieves' and the dominant reggae LP of the year was Culture's Two Sevens Clash. The title song referred to the supposed mystical significance of the year 1977 which was claimed to foreshadow great social change.

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